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  •  Ah, Satya1! (5+ / 0-)

    Would this be the well-known Thomas Merton, the Trappist monk?

    This poem makes me think of Gerard Manley Hopkins, for some reason. I like the stanza in which Merton offers to die in his brother's place.

    You can tell how his faith infuses every line of this poem. Merton has given much to the world.

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 05:47:03 AM PDT

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    •  Yes. And Merton (4+ / 0-)

      was a great fan of Hopkins as you might know.

      I like the apparent contradictions and not just the metaphors of the poem, which Merton would likely say is more about the paradox of Christian faith.  A  person can live and be spiritually dead.  The dead can have spiritual life.

      My eyes are flowers for your tomb
      My thirst shall turn to springs...
      Offering his life for his brother's
      Christ silent tears are bells.

      I'm not liberal. I'm actually just anti-evil, OK? - Elon James White

      by Satya1 on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 07:10:40 AM PDT

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